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  • Summer 2012
    often before anyone else Most notably LiMPETS data is being used to help determine how effective the new system of state marine protected areas MPAs are in protecting fish invertebrates birds and other natural resources LiMPETS data will in collaboration with other scientific studies establish a baseline of data for sandy beach and rocky intertidal areas within the MPAs between Pigeon Point and Point Arena If all goes well before long we will know much more about the status of many of the amazing creatures living in the intertidal Ultimately LiMPETS data in collaboration with others will help to protect these diverse rich ecosystems And yielding more than just data LiMPETS brings science alive for students in a way that they think is amazing Want to know more Please visit the LiMPETS website at http limpetsmonitoring org All data is available online for query and download Look for our NEW LiMPETS Field Guide funded by the Friends of Fitzgerald available on our website on October 1st 2012 Sanctuary Whale Watch Fundraiser October 14 2012 Come with us The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is hosting an exploration of the seas close around the islands on October 14 2012 We will be accompanied by some of our most experienced and knowledgeable naturalists There is only room for a few dozen people so RSVP quickly if you would like to join us The craggy rocks of the Farallon Islands can occasionally be seen poking through the fog from San Francisco but most people have never seen them up close This very special trip is an exploration of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary the incredible wilderness that begins just beyond the Golden Gate Bridge The Sanctuary is home to whales dolphins seals sea lions sharks fish and seabirds an incredible variety of marine life waiting for you to discover it In many ways it is like a national park but this is one that most people visit only by gazing out at the waves Let our naturalists share with you what lies beneath what makes this place so special that it is protected Like our land parks our ocean parks need help and support from people like you One way that you can help is by making a 175 donation and joining us on this trip Captain Joe Nazar the owner of San Francisco Whale Tours has generously donated his boat the Kitty Kat again this year for us to make this day long journey Thanks to Joe s generosity your trip donation to FMSA is 100 tax deductible so absolutely all the money we raise will go towards FMSA s programs in education oil spill response preparedness Visitor Center programs and resource protection You never know what you will see on a trip to the Marine Sanctuary Last year we were lucky enough to have magnificent weather and calm seas We saw a wealth of wildlife including a large leatherback sea turtle curious sea lions and regal Risso s dolphins

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  • Special Edition 2012
    of the Farallones For more information see our events webpage or email Ingrid America s Cup Healthy Ocean Project Will Give the Ocean a Voice After months of anticipation San Francisco will finally get a taste of what the America s Cup races are all about during the America s Cup World Series this August and October By Mallory Johnson Bay Crossings These races will set the stage for the main events in 2013 introducing Bay Area residents and visitors to the races athletes and boats and focusing the public s attention on the Bay and the ocean Recognizing the races as an extraordinary platform to highlight the importance of our ocean and the threats it faces the America s Cup Event Authority partnered with leading ocean conservation non profit and environmental organizations to create the America s Cup Healthy Ocean Project aimed at inspiring people to care about the ocean and to take personal action to improve ocean health Global partners include conservation leaders such as Ocean Elders Sailors for the Sea One World One Ocean IUCN and Dr Sylvia Earle s organization Mission Blue In addition in each host city the race works with local partners to address environmental issues at the regional level Local partners of the San Francisco events include Aquarium of the Bay Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary the Marine Mammal Center and Save the Bay These local partners are focusing their America s Cup Healthy Ocean Project activities on three core areas Marine Protected Areas or MPAs sustainable seafood and ocean trash and plastics Through special exhibits outreach and education efforts and a powerful call to action campaign called Act Blue the Healthy Ocean Project expects to reach thousands of visitors before throughout and after the race events Specifically the local partners are working to support and expand California MPAs or special ocean zones of protected habitat to encourage market demand for ocean friendly seafood at restaurants and food stores and to reduce trash in the ocean by increasing awareness of this vast problem America s Cup Healthy Ocean Project is dedicated not only to raising awareness but also to leading by example For instance America s Cup Healthy Ocean Project hosts regularly scheduled beach cleanups to keep trash off the streets and out of the ocean The race has also made the decision not to offer single use water bottles at any America s Cup events including the races being held August 21 26 and October 2 7 The America s Cup Healthy Ocean Project is a great way to focus attention on the oceans Everyone needs to be aware of the problems facing the oceans and then do something about them said Maggie Ostdahl Sustainable Initiatives Manager at Aquarium of the Bay A lot of people think about going green and what they can do for the land instead of the ocean We need to start thinking more about going blue for the ocean which makes up most of the

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  • Spring 2012
    10am 1pm Creature Feature Dolphins Porpoises Creature Feature is a hands on marine science program for 4 8 year olds and their families at the Gulf of the Farallones Visitor Center Contact Megan Langhals at megan langhals ccc ca gov Community Lecture Invasive Plants at Bolinas Lagoon Non native plants can be aggressive invaders that alter the physical and biological features of our coastal resources and pose significant threats to habitat and species within our sanctuary As you can see in the photo on the right non native Spartina left is similar to the native plant right and difficult to decipher without the proper knowledge and education On Wednesday May 16th at the Bolinas firehouse Katy Zaremba and Drew Kerr from the San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project presented information on one such invader invasive Spartina commonly known as cordgrass which is threatening Bolinas Lagoon Katy and Drew educated the audience about the history of invasive Spartina in the Bay Area its presence at the Lagoon and current control and eradication methods The lecture was a great way to inform the public on efforts to protect the Lagoon from invasive vegetation and educated the community about how they can be on the lookout for potential plant invaders in in their own backyard For more information about the lecture and other restoration efforts in Bolinas Lagoon visit our Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary partner website here Final Meeting of the JWG on Vessel Strikes Acoustic Impacts Last week The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito hosted the seventh meeting of the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Joint Working Group on Ship Strikes and Acoustic Impacts The mission of this group is to make recommendations to the Superintendents on policy research and education actions the Sanctuaries can implement to reduce the risk of harm to large whales from commercial shipping This meeting focused on finalizing recommendations for consideration by the full advisory councils Recommendations will be released at the June 7th Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting in Point Reyes CA This project is one of many resource protection and policy working groups supported in the private public partnership between the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary A special thanks is due to The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundatio n for their support of this process Humpback whale near cargo ship south of the Farallon Islands 13 October 2010 Photo by John Calambokidis Cascadia Research Collective Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary Celebration It s countdown to the celebration of the year as the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in cooperation with the National Park Service the Presidio Trust and the City and County of San Francisco bring the world together for the Golden Gate Festival on Sunday May 27 2012 Marking the official 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge tens of thousands of participants are expected at the historic celebration along the

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  • Winter 2012
    oil spill response assistance Our national recognized Beach Watch program is fueled by the dedication of over 100 highly trained volunteers Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary GFNMS relies on Beach Watch to detect subtle changes in wildlife and oil deposition on our outer coast GFNMS management needs to know what is normal on their coast line identify unusual mortality events and have highly trained volunteers ready to respond in the case of an oil spill to help document the impacts on wildlife and habitat These are things Beach Watch does well Beach Watch data now spans 19 years and can tell us a lot about local baseline deposition or observation rates which is priceless the morning after a spill To maintain our cadre of volunteers we must continually support the program through new recruit trainings to combat natural attrition and advanced trainings to maintain the skills and training of our current volunteers Ideally we should host an 80hr new recruit training once every other year and an advanced training each year in between Due to funding limitations we have not been able to offer a new recruit training since Fall 2008 It is now almost four years since the last training We are overdue In 2011 we acquired funds from both Norcross and Firedoll foundations to develop new technology that would benefit Beach Watch and to train volunteers in these advances In April of 2012 we will host an advanced training for current volunteers Our next big hurtle is to fundraise 30K for a new recruit training If we are successful we will host a training in the fall of 2012 and bring 25 new recruits into the Beach Watch family You can support this effort directly spreading the word of this important initiate and by making a donation to FMSA today FMSA Sponsored Projects FMSA s Executive Director Terri Watson explains another way that The Association supports The Sanctuary Those familiar with FMSA usually think of us as a small non profit with an interest in supporting the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary We fundraise for and carry out flagship programs such as LiMPETS Long term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students an educational program focusing on Rocky Intertidal and Sandy Beach hands on science and Beach Watch And as is traditional with affiliated organizations it is probably known that we help out with the Visitor Center here at Crissy Field Less known however is the growth of FMSA s role in Sponsored Projects in the past 18 months Sponsored Projects simply put are programs and positions that fall squarely within FMSA s mission but are projects that we share or control the work of This way we partner with the Sanctuary s expertise and make these projects possible by recruiting private funding hiring staff and providing the Sanctuary needed personnel to undertake Sanctuary priority programs FMSA exists as a Cooperating Association to our federal Sanctuary partner In addition to a corporate charter that

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  • Fall 2011
    the America s Cup event to serve as an effective platform for critical messages of ocean health and their importance to the health and prosperity of our world The America s Cup Event Authority ACEA has set a goal to develop a multi faceted outreach program which will focus on improving ocean health through inspiration and education Marine conservation and environmental stewardship will be prominent throughout all America s Cup events San Francisco will be the host of the America s Cup World Series in August 2012 and a series of regattas culminating in the actual America s Cup Race between July and September of 2013 The America s Cup Healthy Ocean Project working group will be heavily engaged in the coming two years to develop effective outreach utilizing the exciting opportunities leveraged by this event For more information see the America s Cup Healthy Ocean Project website Partnering to Save Whales Some of our most famous and charismatic guests at the sanctuary are the several species of whale that visit every year Blues fin and humpback whales arrive in these waters around May and stay through November The gray whale passes through on its southward migration to Baja around December and returns around March and April Sanctuary managers and the public want to ensure that these beautiful animals are protected during their stay in the sanctuary both from heavy ship traffic and the underwater noise that this traffic can produce Whales in the region are potentially at risk of ship strike being killed or injured by a ship hitting them at high speed or from a decreased ability to communicate with other whales and navigate with their sonar due to loud underwater noise Imagine trying to have a conversation with your friend at restaurant where the music is blasting and fifty other people are talking around you that s what it s like for the whales Leslie Abramson working on one of FMSA s new sponsored projects has been heavily focused on this issue with partners and the west coast sanctuary sites Thanks to support from the Switzer Environmental Leadership Foundation Leslie was able to reach out to the international community at the International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas held on the French Caribbean island of Martinique There she shared with Marine Protected Area managers and scientists all over the world what the sanctuary is doing to protect whales when they are in our waters and how they can do the same in their country Her poster which outlines the four major approaches to this problem was displayed during the conference Click here to download Leslie s poster as a pdf file Whales and ships are both globe trotters they regularly travel thousands of miles and know no boundaries They pass in and out of marine protected areas national waters and the high seas alike That is why the global community needs to come together break down our man made political boundaries and work to protect whales worldwide

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  • Summer 2011
    Marine Sanctuaries The LiMPETS network with its new comprehensive curriculum engages students in a sustained and meaningful scientific endeavor that has proven to improve students scientific and ocean literacy and creates a deeper connection with their ocean wilderness Acknowledgements NOAA B WET provided full support for the development and design of this curriculum Whale Watch Fundraiser October 2 2011 Join FMSA and San Francisco Whale Tours on a trip to the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary on Sunday October 2 2011 The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is again hosting an exploration of the seas close around the islands accompanied by some of our most experienced and knowledgeable naturalists We will only be able to take a few dozen people so RSVP quickly if you would like to join us The best way to RSVP is to download the trip registration form and return it either by mail fax or email to Ingrid Overgard The mailing address and fax number are on the form Like our land parks our ocean parks need help and support from people like you One way that you can help is by making a 175 donation minimum and joining us on this trip Captain Joe the owner of San Francisco Whale Tours has generously donated the entire trip as a fundraiser absolutely all the money we raise will go towards FMSA s programs in education oil spill response preparedness Visitor Center programs and resource protection This also means that your donation is 100 tax deductible FMSA is the only organization directly supporting the work of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary as their nonprofit partner Please download the trip registration form and return it by September 22nd We expect this trip to fill quickly and space is limited We hope you will be able to join us and at the same time have your 100 tax deductible donation go directly towards supporting the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association programs Restoration at Bolinas Lagoon A three part Caltrans road repair project has begun along a two mile stretch of Highway 1 at Bolinas Lagoon The project provides several benefits to the health and function of the Lagoon in accordance with the Bolinas Lagoon Ecosystem Restoration Project Recommendations for Restoration and Management and its accompanying Locally Preferred Plan The Plan The Plan is a document developed by local stakeholders scientists environmental organizations and state and federal agencies outlining 20 restoration projects and or initiatives for ameliorating human induced impacts to Bolinas Lagoon and promoting the Lagoon s natural dynamic processes Benefits from the Caltrans project in line with objectives from The Plan include 1 removal of invasive species 2 protected water quality resulting from reduced toxins and sediment reaching the Lagoon and 3 strengthened Lagoon resilience to flooding and extreme storm events The project marks the first on the ground restoration effort at Bolinas Lagoon A milestone celebration event will be held September 21st to recognize the importance of this achievement and bring light to the projects that

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  • Spring 2011
    volunteers are monitoring the shores of our National Marine Sanctuaries in California These citizen scientists are providing resource managers with critical data to protect our coastal ocean ecosystems FMSA is a vital partner in the LiMPETS network In addition to coordinating monitoring activities in the San Francisco Bay region FMSA supports the statewide LiMPETS network by leading the development of curriculum website database interface training materials teacher workshops and other crucial infrastructure pieces that let the LiMPETS project easily be adopted and replicated throughout the region Students participating in LiMPETS develop an understanding and interest in the scientific process not found in the traditional classroom setting The program inspires students to think critically about scientific data and fosters a strong sense of stewardship for the ocean Getting wet and sandy at the beach handling live animals taking careful and accurate measurements is not for everyone But for some this is an experience of a lifetime Some students develop a new love for science Others develop a lasting connection with the ocean For more information please visit the LiMPETS website Restoring Bolinas Lagoon Bolinas Lagoon was designated a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention in 1998 The Lagoon s complex ecosystems provide rich habitat for shorebirds waterfowl fish and invertebrates and special status species For years community members along with state federal and local organizations have been working together to develop and implement restoration projects for protecting this unique and vulnerable habitat On May 11th community members from the Bolinas Stinson area attended a Town Hall meeting coordinated by Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in partnership with the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association on the status and future of these restoration projects Marin County US Army Corps of Engineers Caltrans and Bodgea Marine Laboratory gave presentations on current restoration topics including upcoming Highway 1 roadwork invasive species removal and oil spill response planning Presentations were followed by a question and answer period The meeting was a huge success and a great way to keep the community informed on restoration efforts for Bolinas Lagoon To read more about the Town Hall meeting and learn about the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary s Bolinas Lagoon Program please visit the Sanctuary website or contact Kate Bimrose the Bolinas Lagoon Project Coordinator at kbimrose farallones org Remember restoration projects like those developed for Bolinas Lagoon need your support In addition to becoming a FMSA member you can stay informed and involved by visiting the FMSA website and reading about upcoming events volunteer opportunities and action alerts to help restore Bolinas Lagoon Jet Ski Patrols Are Allowed at Mavericks Paul Michel and Maria Brown Santa Cruz Sentinel 03 27 2011 The tragic loss of a respected big wave surfer has again brought into focus the incredible force that the Pacific Ocean unleashes at Mavericks and has deepened the discussion about how humans relate to such a place The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which administers Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey

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  • Winter 2011
    during the lead up and actual events The contractual agreement with the City and the entire focus of the Event Authority is putting on an America s Cup that is not only in itself green and sustainable responsible but serves as a platform by which advocacy and messaging around critical ocean conservation issues such as the support of marine reserves Sanctuaries and other protected ocean areas is woven into all aspects of the event GFNMS and FMSA are actively engaged in dialogue with the America s Cup Event Authority and are working to ensure that public education about the presence and importance of our three world class Sanctuaries just outside the Golden Gate are a part of the world s America s Cup experience It is a tremendous opportunity for Sanctuaries Killer Whales Hunting in the GFNMS The pod of orca whales scouring the San Francisco coastal waters for prey has been identified as residents of the Puget Sound off the coast of Seattle Mary Jane Schramm spokeswoman with the Gulf of The Farallones Marine Sanctuary said The group has been seen three separate times since Feb 9th according to Schramm The whales were spotted twice by sight seeing tours about halfway between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Farallon Islands Another sighting occurred on Feb 11th near Moss Landing when Ken Balcomb senior scientist at the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor Wash which monitors the whales in the Puget Sound found the pod and identified them as L pod The L Pod as of December 11th when a calf was born now numbers less than 100 Their population was decimated by captures for marine theme parks and further damaged by pollution and decreasing numbers of salmon their primary food Balcomb thinks the whales are in search of Chinook salmon He said the L pod has as many as 41 orcas that travel south for food Schramm said the whales could continue to be spotted again as they continue to hunt for fish It s nice they re showing up but it s too bad there s not enough food for them up north Schramm said The whales could stick around until April or May The whales were listed as Endangered by the U S and Canada in 2005 LiMPETS Students Present Research Two groups of LiMPETS Long term Monitoring Program Experiential Training for Students students presented poster sessions at the Fall 2010 American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco The Branson School and the California Academy of Sciences have both been participating in LiMPETS for a number of years and the students were presenting results of their long term data collection Teacher Kathy Soave and her marine biology class at Branson School in Ross gather data at Duxbury Reef in Bolinas multiple times a year using LiMPETS rocky intertidal monitoring protocols For their poster the students examined shifts in the vertical distributions of turban snails aggregating anemones and rockweeds over time They found that these species appear

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